Sure, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster totally blew it when he guesstimated that Apple sold 700,000 iPads during the launch weekend of the Wi-Fi-only model, but that didn’t stop him from spending his Sunday penning a note to investors in which he estimated that Apple moved some 300,000 3G units this past weekend. If his assumption is correct (we feel it necessary to add it was simply obtained by calling 50 Apple Stores and finding all but one of them with no iPads left on shelves), this would mean Apple has more than surpassed the 1 million mark considering 1) 300,000 were sold one month ago today, and 2) it only took 500,000 sold to derail the international launch. Munster is sticking to his “conservative estimate” that Apple will sell 4.3 million iPads across the globe in 2010 with about 60% of them being the Wi-Fi model. More →
Whether it be because you’re an admirer of the gear, or you just enjoy seeing Apple products stripped of their dignity, you have to admit it’s mighty satisfying to see the new iPad Wi-Fi + 3G torn asunder. The guys at iFixit continued their tradition of promptly tearing down and analyzing the latest Apple products with the 3G iPad and noted some pretty interesting finds in the process:
- The immediate visible difference is the inclusion of a black plastic RF window on top of the iPad for better antenna reception.
- The black RF window significantly changes the opening procedure. You cannot start separating the display using the notches on the top (à la Wi-Fi version), since that will undoubtedly break the RF window. You have to start from the right side and gingerly proceed to the top and bottom of the iPad.
- There are actually FIVE antennas in this iPad:
- Two antennas handle the cell reception — one is in the RF window on top, the other attaches to the LCD frame.
- A single GPS antenna is also housed in the RF window on top.
- Just like the iPad Wi-Fi, there are two antennas that handle Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connectivity, one in the Apple logo and another to the left of the dock connector.
- You heard that right, folks: Apple looks to be using the entire LCD frame as an antenna! * Who would’ve thought: Apple uses the same 3G baseband processor in both the iPhone 3GS and the iPad 3G.
- The baseband processor in question is the Infineon 337S3754 PMB 8878 X-Gold IC. It was actually white-labeled on the production unit, but with enough sleuthing we were able to confirm its true identity.
- The iPad 3G has a Broadcom BCM4750UBG Single-Chip AGPS Solution, whereas the iPhone 3GS uses an Infineon Hammerhead II package. Big win for Broadcom!
- Apple did not change any major suppliers between manufacturing the pre-production unit they provided the FCC and their final production run.
Apart from the above, there aren’t any real differences between the two devices. More →
Don’t pretend you didn’t see this coming — the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G was successfully jailbroken the very day it was released. Utilizing comex’s “Spirit” jailbreak, the userland exploit works by taking advantage of security holes currently present in the iPhone OS. It’s not publicly available as of yet, but word is it’s coming real soon. Just promise us you’ll back up your SHSH blobs when the time comes to jailbreak, okay? Video. Jump. Click. More →
After a more than successful launch of the Wi-Fi only model, Apple today will release the HSDPA radio packing version of the iPad. Available in stores at 5PM, the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G carries a $130 premium over their non-3G counterparts with prices ranging from $629, $729 to $829 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Of course you’ll also have to pay $14.99 for 250MB of data or $29.99 for an unlimited plan if you’re planning on taking advantage of the device’s mobile prowess, but at least those plans are contract-free, right? More →
Dying to know when you’ll be able to get your hands on that iPad Wi-Fi + 3G that you pre-ordered over a month ago? Apple has just announced it will be delivering pre-ordered units on Friday, April 30th. Kicking yourself over not pre-ordering? Then head on over to your local Apple Store at 5pm that evening. Who knows; you might just get lucky.
Press release after the break. More →
This morning Apple quietly updated its website to reflect a change in the ship date for the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. Previously listed as shipping in late April, the Apple is now saying the tablet will ship by May 7th. With thoughts of the international iPad delay in the back of our minds, we were really hoping that the new date applies only to orders placed today onwards, and thankfully it does. Apple sent out emails to customers who preordered an iPad 3G and stated that those units would still be delivered in late April.
Thanks, Brendan! More →